Our partners give us the incentive to keep doing what we do. Our
most important partners are our five municipalities and Roseau
River First Nation. Their annual memberships support our operations
and provide us with leveraging dollars. Actif Epica keeps us
going during the winter, with their annual event on the long weekend
of February. In 2016, it became a qualifier for the Iditarod
Trails Invitational in Alaska. We got to meet racers from all over North America and beyond who appreciated
all the work we did on the Trail. The Morris Cadets are getting ready to identify and establish camping
spots at regular intervals along the Trail, that they can also use for their survival training.
Roseau River First Nation
Our trail section on Roseau Rapids isn’t very long but it has great potential.
Our Association was successful in receiving a Heritage Grant to hire a consultant
for a development plan. Through consultations, simple steps were
identified which include better signage (in three languages) and infrastructure
development. This is a work in progress.
We now have a Crow Wing Trail banner at each of the seven Actif Epica
checkpoints and each year, we pay for an ad in the Eastman Tourism
Guide. Our greatest challenge is with social media which trail users mostly
depend on. Most of our Board Members aren’t very well versed in this type of technology, although we
hope to get some official GPS training from our Cadet partners soon! We are confident that the new Trails
Manitoba web map will inspire some interested youth to join us on this journey!
2017 already promises to be exciting!
We held a strategic planning session in March, with many of our friends and
supporters participating. Our goal to be sustainable is surely within our
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